Here it is, kids: my full The Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2010 playlist. Just over 80 minutes from beginning to end, all linked to videos or streaming audio sources. Thanks for playing along all these weeks. Next up: less looking back, more looking forward!
Did you dig “Dear Mr. President” and “Moneygrabber” this morning? If so, head over to Fitz and the Tantrums’ website: in exchange for your email address, they’ll give you a free download of “Moneygrabber.” While you’re there, you should head to their store & purchase their website-exclusive, Stax-ified cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” — it’s a lot of fun. For good measure, here they are performing “Moneygrabber” on Conan in early March:
I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in ’11. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today’s tune is a slice of retro pop from Fitz and the Tantrums.
While John Legend and the Roots brought were responsible for revitalizing 70’s soul last year, it fell to Fitz and the Tantrums to resuscitate Motown pop and Stax funk. Every song on Pickin’ Up the Pieces is a retro-sounding gem, heavy on the horns, organ, boy-girl vocal interplay, and wall of sound-style atmosphere. I singled out “Dear Mr. President” for my mix because every time I hear that insistent rhythm and those “Chain Gang”-style “whoo/hey”s, I have to stop myself from clapping in time. Can’t find the studio version of the song streaming anywhere, so here’s a version “Live at Daryl’s House.” Daryl Hall, that is. Boom!
So you can hear their great, retro studio sound, check out the video for “Moneygrabber”: